Perfect Hormone Balance—You Can Have It!
In ever-increasing numbers, women are seeking alternatives to traditional healthcare—and for good reason. Women of all ages can suffer problems such as weight gain, hot flashes, depression, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, wrinkles, loss of sex drive, incontinence, headaches, acne, insomnia and more. Often after a physical exam and a few questions, to her dismay the doctor suggests that what she’s going through is perfectly normal—for her age.
Oprah, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Robin McGraw, Suzanne Somers and many other hormone advocates have recently begun talking about how women can take control of their symptoms, and I wholeheartedly agree! Hormones are essential to life, and when they are out of balance at any age, whether it is from lack of sleep, poor diet, genetics, stress, pregnancy, environmental toxins, PMS or menopause, women and girls can feel terrible!
Why test hormones? So many times we end up getting a prescription for a symptom such as depression, when what we should be doing is having a hormone test to determine the underlying problem. Testing allows the hormone expert to design a program that is individualized to the patient’s own personal hormone levels and needs. This tool has greatly enhanced my ability to help women, teens, and men overcome their medical issues and nagging symptoms that many have had for years.
Once the testing is done, the option to use bio-identical hormones, or natural supplements, is often discussed to help create a better balance and eliminate ongoing symptoms. Bio-identical hormones are molecularly an exact replica of one’s own hormones, and are often compounded in the pharmacy to the precise dosage requirements of the person.
I strongly feel that this approach to hormone imbalance is far superior to synthetic hormones (which are not molecularly identical to human hormones) and have seen it really change women’s lives over the years.
The key to get you back on track to feeling and looking great is getting individualized care from a hormone medical specialist who understands hormone testing and available treatment options.
Good luck on your journey!
Nisha Jackson PhD, MS, WHCNP, HHP